Every once in awhile I think to myself, “Hey! I should make my own toothpaste…” But life always gets in the way and the project gets pushed down to a list of things to do that seems to double daily.
This morning I came across a simple recipe at Instructables that gave me the motivation and confidence to give it a shot.
The basic ingredients and their ratios are:
6 parts baking soda
1 part vegetable based glycerin
1 part hydrogen peroxide solution
Flavor to taste (Cinnamon Oil)
Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is a mild abrasive and has anti-bacterial properties.
Hydrogen peroxide helps by break down bacterial films with its foaming action. I used a 3% solution, but anything you can find at a local drug store should be ok.
Vegetable-base glycerin liquid lends a nice consistency and sweetness, but is completely optional. You should be able to find this at a drug store, or specialty foods shop, but I got mine online from a soap-supply store.
I definitely recommend using some kind of flavoring. It’s totally optional, but adding a drop of peppermint oil will leave your mouth feeling super fresh. Tea tree oil boosts the anti-bacterial properties and tastes good. A few drops of cinnamon oil (my favorite!) will definitely spice things up. Food-grade grape or bubble gum flavor oil may entice your kids to brush more regularly – just be sure to supervise them and make sure they’re not ingesting it!
This makes a nice paste. To make a smoother mix, reduce the soda. To omit the glycerin, increase the peroxide.
Most over the counter hydrogen peroxide solutions are not suitable for ingestion. Make sure to use supervision with children.